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Hong Kong engraved leg flags 香港號碼足旗

Thanks for the sightings Katherine.
Marsh Sandpiper B0 is interesting - it was flagged at the end of August 2010 and was not reported between August and April. Perhaps it has spent the winter elsewhere and is now returning north.

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I have tried to summarize the resightings in a excel file. Share with all of you.

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puppymic took a photo (#33) for
Curlew Sandpiper (white and yellow flag - A9)
http://www.hkbws.org.hk/BBS/view ... amp;page=1#pid40016

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C1 sighting
18/4/2011 Mai Po boardwalk

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C1
1/  21-4-2011 at 米埔 NO.8 觀鳥屋

2/  23-4-2011 at 香港濕地公園 泥灘觀鳥屋

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Mai Po outing today.

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Any Wrong? pointing it!

https://www.youtube.com/user/HongKongWildBirds

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27-4-2011
Mai Po boardwalk
Greater Sand Plover C9

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Thank you for the sighting Paux. This is a bird flagged in September 2010, and is now returning on northward migration through Hong Kong.

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1-May @ Mai Po Boardwalk:

Grey Plover : C2, C3
Pacific Golden Plover : J1
Red-necked Stint : A1

Also a Greater Sand Plover with plain HK flag.

Katherine

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5-May Gei wai #16/17

Greater Sand Plover: E6, M1

Katherine

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Today I have received news that three Curlew Sandpipers with engraved leg flags from Hong Kong have been resighted in Bohai Bay, China. Bohai Bay is almost 1900km from Hong Kong, on the shores of the Yellow Sea.  All three individuals were flagged in Hong Kong on 21st March and were resighted between 1st and 6th May (one was also resighted in Hong Kong on 2nd April).

These are the first sightings of our engraved flags reported from outside Hong Kong. We already knew that the Yellow Sea was an important stop-over site for waders migrating through Hong Kong, and there have been previous resightings from the area.

We have also now passed the landmark of 100 individuals resighted in Hong Kong (thanks to Katherine's last update). To date, over 400 birds have been fitted with engraved leg flags of 20 different species. Please continue to post records of any flags you see to help us build up a picture of the movement of these birds.

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Brief translation:
大概翻譯一下:

觀鳥者於5月1日及6日在中國黃海渤海灣(距香港約1900公里)發現3隻繫有香港號碼腳旗的彎咀濱鷸, 為香港首個號碼腳旗的海外"重見"記錄. 過往黃海亦有繫有香港腳旗的濱鳥記錄.

3隻彎咀濱鷸皆是3月21日在米埔環誌, 其中一隻曾在4月2日在米埔出現.

現時繫有香港號碼腳旗濱鳥的本地重見記錄已逾100筆, 超過400隻共20種濱鳥已繫有香港號碼腳旗.

請繼續幫忙報告記錄, 以了解濱鳥的移動情況.

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6-May Gei wai #16/17

Grey Plover: C2

Katherine

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2011-05-10 #16/17

Grey Plover: C1

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11 May 2011, 13:45, Gei wai #16/17, Mai Po.

Curlew Sandpiper S7

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Another significant observation reported to me is a Black-tailed Godwit (B6) photographed at Cheongli County, near Beidaihe (Hebei province) in early April. This bird was flagged at Mai Po on 22 January. This is only the second time a Black-tailed Godwit with Hong Kong flags has been resighted outside Hong Kong. At about 1980km, it is also the furthest resighting for any of the HK Engraved Leg Flags.

I have also received a report of Whimbrel A2, which was flagged last September and is now passing back through Hong Kong on northward migration.

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16 May 2011, 13:50, Gei wai #16/17, Mai Po

Marsh Sandpiper B6

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K1 sighting at Mai Po on May 19 2011  13:29  #16 & 17

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2June2011 at Gei Wai 16/17
Marsh Sandpiper B6

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Grey-rumped Tattler

Grey-rumped Tattler at the boardwalk June 2nd 2011 - HK leg flags, no engraving
http://johnjemi.hk

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Grey Plover

Grey Plover at the boardwalk, 11th June 2011  HK flags "C 1"
http://johnjemi.hk

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C1 Grey Plover

Pond 16/17, 6 July 2011 afternoon

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Southward wader passage is already apparent at Mai Po and surrounding areas, with moderate numbers of Redshank, Greenshank and Wood Sandpipers already present. The birds ringed with engraved flags last year may start to move through at any time now. At Mai Po yesterday, I noted one Redshank and one Greater Sand Plover with plain HK flags, both presumably on southward migration. I would like to remind any visitors to Mai Po to keep a look out for the engraved leg flags and report their sightings, either by posting here or by reporting to me directly (by PM or by email to jallcock AT asiaecol.com.hk). Thank you.

Of interest, at least two leg-flagged birds have spent the summer at Mai Po: Grey Plover C1 (which has been reported and photographed here) and Whimbrel A2 (which seems to have avoided most photographers!). Both are in their first summer (i.e. hatched in 2010) and it is not unusual for birds at that age not to return to the breeding grounds. Interestingly, the Whimbrel was flagged in September and obviously spent last winter further south before returning as far as Mai Po to spend the summer.

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20 July 2011, 13:00, Gei wai #16/17, Mai Po.

Common Greenshank A6
Also a Curlew Sandpiper with HK flags

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Thanks Bena. This is the first resighting of a bird with engraved flags which appears to be returning south.
A6 was flagged last September and resighted twice in April. It is a first-summer bird so perhaps didn't breed this year, which may explain the early return date.

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U6
2011-07-23  Shanhaiguan, Qinhuangdao , Hebei (河北秦皇岛山海关)

http://www.birdnet.cn/showtopic-270322.aspx
I am just an inexperienced birder/ birdwatcher/ twitcher/ photographer with no long lens.

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Quote:
Original posted by lchunfai at 24/07/2011 19:09
U6
2011-07-23  Shanhaiguan, Qinhuangdao , Hebei (河北秦皇岛山海关)

http://www.birdnet.cn/showtopic-270322.aspx
Just a remarks: U6 is a Curlew Sandpiper!

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Thanks for posting this sighting - I would have missed this on the Chinese website. U6 was flagged at Mai Po in April and resighted at Mai Po in early May. The bird has presumably been to the breeding grounds and is now on southward migration.
This is now the greatest distance for one of the engraved leg flags (over 2000km).
If anyone is able to post to the website, I wonder if you could ask the photographer too submit the sighting to the Australian Wader Studies Group, who keep a list of leg flag reisghtings on the East Asia - Australia flyway. The contact e-mail is mintons @ ozemail.com.au

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26 & 27-Jul-11

Black-winged Stilt A8 @ Gei wai #7

Katherine

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14-08-2011
16,17 塘

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15 August 2011 around Noon

Mai Po

A1: Common Greenshank (ponds 16, 17)
B1: Common Redshank (ponds 16, 17)
A4, D3, D7: Common Redshank (forgot the number of that pond)

  

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Thanks for posting the photos hilldog and kenneth. It is interesting to see all these birds now migrating southwards, and the observations will hopefully help us to biuld a picture of the movements of birds in Hong Kong and beyond.

So far I am aware of 15 birds which have been seen on southward migration (9 Common Redshank, 4 Common Greenshank and 2 Black-tailed Godwits). There are also two flagged birds which spent the summer in Hong Kong (1 Whimbrel and 1 Grey Plover) and, of course, the Black-winged Stilt chick which Katherine resighted which was hatched at Mai Po.

I hope to write a more comprehensive summary of the initial findings from the engraved leg flags soon, but in the meantime please keep reporting any sightings.

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D7 Common Redshank 紅腳鷸
17-08-2011 morning at
newest floating hide 新觀鳥浮屋



多謝鼓勵,雖然有好多都唔識,希望都可以幫到手

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21-Aug-2011

Common Greenshank A8 @ Gei wai #16/17

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May Be Black-tailed Godwit "B7"2011-09-13_MP

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Late, were you able to confirm that this bird was B7? It's difficult to see the number on the photos but I agree that B7 looks like the most likely number. B7 was seen at MP in August.

Of interest, I resighted a Wood Sandpiper (A1) at Kam Tin on Monday which had been flagged at Mai Po 10 days earlier. The engraved flags will hopefully allow us to understand more about the local movement of wader species within Hong Kong, as well as the longer-distance movements along the flyway.

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Today. Many many Hong Kong friends in MP with me.

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27-Sep on Gei wai #16/17

Black-tailed Godwit: C5 and C9

Reported by Mr. Steve Young (Olango Island Bird Sanctuary)

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I also had one Marsh Sandpiper in the scrape where the Grey Headed Lapwing had been seen on the 23rd September. This one had a single yellow tag on the right tibia. Unfortunately I was unable to read it due to the fact the Sandpiper was constantly running around.

This coming Friday I will be conducting a wader count at Olango Island, Cebu. I hope to find some waders that have previously been tagged at Mai Po.

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28-9-2011@ boardwalk
Common Redshank - B6

Terek Sandpiper - K2

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Mai Po. 28 September 2011.

Marsh Sandpiper: N6.
Common Greenshank: R2, R5.
Black-tailed Godwit: C7, C9.
Bar-tailed Godwit: D1.
     

     

     

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Thank you all for continuing to post your sightings. These should be useful in understanding the movements of waders in the bay, and beyond.
Most of the recent sightings are (not surprisingly) of recently-flagged birds, the exception being Common Redshank B6 (photo'd by Paux) which was flagged back in August 2010, and has not been reported since last November.

hilldog, the birds you have reported as Greenshank are in fact Marsh Sandpipers. Note the very thin, straight bill and the long, slender legs.

Steve, it would be great if you did manage to find any of our birds at Olango. We have never had a bird from HK reported in the Philippines, but I always wonder whether some of our birds end up over there.

John

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29th Sept 2011

MPNR Pond 6 - Wood Sandpiper "M9"
http://johnjemi.hk

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Just a report of what I counted today at Olango Island. Unfortunately I didn't see any tagged waders but it was a great day nonetheless.
I counted them in the morning then at 2.30pm I found a huge collection of various species all running around.
The first figure is my morning tally, the figure in red is the afternoon tally. Please be aware that I was counting alone today so the counts are quite rough. Here goes

Whimbrel 250+ (Many Hundreds)
Eurasian Curlew 200+ (Many Hundreds)
Far Eastern Curlew 14+ (Looks like many more have just flown in)
Redshank 250+ (Many Hundreds, maybe over a thousand)
Grey Tailed Tattler (Many Hundreds almost certainly over a thousand)
Turnstone 50+ (Many Hundreds)
Sand Plover spp 250+ (Many Hundreds almost certainly over a thousand)
Grey Plover 150 (Many Hundreds)
Greenshank 100+ (Many Hundreds)
Terek Sandpiper 120+ (Many Hundreds)
Great Knot 150+ (Many Hundreds)
Red Necked Stint 50+ (Many Hundreds) + many Stints too far to I.D probably this species and Long Toed Stint.
Curlew Sandpiper (scores)
Asiatic Dowitcher 12+ ((At least 50 at very close range))
Bar Tailed Godwit 200+ (Many Hundreds)
Chinese Egret 14+ (20+)
Gull Billed Tern 68 (Many Hundreds)
Little Tern 10+ (25+)
Whiskered Tern 6+ (35+)
Unidentified Tern that looked very much like an adult winter Aleutian Tern.
White Bellied Sea Eagle 2
Chinese Goshawk 6+ (in flock early morning heading South)
Collared Kingfisher 80+
Common Kingfisher 1

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John: Thank for pointing out my mistake!

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1-10-2011@ boardwalk

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Common Redshank, No.D3
Mai Po, Tower hide.
2 October 2011

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Common Redshank-E3

Common Redshank E3 at MP 2011/10/01


Also Common Greenshank-A5 at MP 2011/9/25

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和諧共處  善用自然

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Mai Po Pond #16/17
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It's great to see the returning Black-tailed Godwits from last winter - all of the 'B' flags in Kinni's post were flagged in January last year.

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